BRANSON, Mo. — For many disabled veterans, the options are few when it comes to finding a place to call home.
But, through a special program in the Ozarks, the VA is placing them in homes with loving families and quality care.
“We’re looking for caregivers that are really compassionate. That this is their calling.” said Ron Bauder, Coordinator for the VA Medical Foster Home Program.
Through the program, people in the community open up their homes and serve as strong family caregivers to disabled veterans, on a long term basis.
Bauder was the first one hired when it started back in 2014.
“We’ve been working on getting homes up..and right now we have 5 homes with 6 veterans placed,” Bauder said.
Steve Warner’s father Ralph Warner, a World War II Veteran, is in a foster home.
“The doctor said he’s not going to be able to live alone. So we were faced with the decision as to what to do with him. A nursing home was really the only alternative,” said Warner.
Foster care was also more affordable, costing between 15-hundred to 3-thousand-dollars per month, depending on the level of care needed.
Arlene Courture and her husband foster Warner.
“It’s my calling, it’s the love, it’s the giving. It’s my calling,” Couture said.
“This is family. It’s really great,” said Ralph Warner
“I had to leave my job over there at the hospital here in Branson, due to my health issues, Couture said, “But, I guess God still had a plan for me.”
“I couldn’t walk very much. I had a power chair. I played Bingo twice a day..twice a week,” Warner said.
But, now Warner can enjoy fun family vacations — and of course the highlight..
“Yeah, the food’s good too,” Warner said.
Bauder says the need for foster families is great because there are many other veterans hoping to get a loving home.
For more information on how you can foster a veteran in need call (417) 891-4836.